From cranberries to salted caramel, the holidays were made for special flavours.
The good news? You don’t need to be a professional mixologist to craft a sensational seasonal beverage for your guests, says Brookswood Liquor Store’s Nicole Lumley.
Nicole shares five of this season’s go-to sips, all offering a delicious holiday twist on a familiar classic. Better yet, many of the ingredients are available right in the store.
And if you’re looking for great gift ideas, they have that too, including an exceptional selection of craft beers and whiskies, premium BC wines and distilled liquors, plus made-to-order gift baskets and gift cards. They’re also part of Skip the Dishes, with free delivery in December.
1. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
1 cup of chilled cranberry juice, or to taste
3 Tbsp Grand Marnier
1 bottle of Lamarca Prosecco, chilled
Garnish of orange zest curls
Combine chilled cranberry juice and Grand Marnier in a pitcher and stir well.
Pour into champagne flutes, about one-third up the glass.
Top with Prosecco and garnish with orange curl.
2. Eggnog Mudslide
1 part Kahlua
1 part Tito’s Handmade Vodka
2 parts Eggnog
Combine kahlua, vodka and eggnog in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into glasses.
Top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg, and enjoy!
3. Raspberry Mule Holiday Cocktail
10 oz. Frozen raspberries
1/2 cup Sugar
3 1/2 cups Water
6 Tbsp Fresh lime juice
1 part Stolichnaya Gold Vodka
Hoopers Ginger Beer
1 cup Fresh raspberries for garnish
Combine frozen raspberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil/high simmer.
Boil for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat. The fruit will dissolve and the water will become thick and syrupy.
Let the raspberry cordial cool to room temperature, then strain into a bowl using a fine mesh strainer, removing the seeds and chunks. Add lime.
Pour mixture into a sterilized jar.
Combine 1 part Stolichnaya Gold Vodka, 1 part raspberry cordial and 1 part fresh lime juice over ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh raspberries.
4. Salted Caramel White Russian
Salted caramel sauce
1 part Salted Caramel Bailey’s
1 part Disaronno Amaretto
3 parts half-and-half
Using a teaspoon, drizzle the caramel sauce into the glass while slowly turning the glass for a swirled effect.
Fill the glass with ice. Add liquid ingredients and a few ice cubes to your cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into the glasses.
Sprinkle with salt flakes and garnish with a sprig of rosemary, a little chocolate or candycane.
5. White Christmas Margaritas
1 – 14 oz. can of coconut milk
12 oz. Patron Silver Tequila
8 oz. Henkes Triple Sec
1/2 cup Lime juice
2 cups Ice
1/2 cup Mint, for garnish
1 Lime, sliced into rounds for garnish
Cranberries, for garnish
Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries.